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Deals: Penguin Canada acquires Mary-Ann Kirkby's Hutterite cookbook; film deals for Sarah Leavitt, Shauna Singh Baldwin; and more

Goose Lane Editions has acquired world rights to Tamai Kobayashi’s Prairie Ostrich, about two Japanese-Canadian sisters growing up on an ostrich farm in 1974. The novel is set for publication in spring 2013. Margaret Hart of HSW Literary Agency arranged the deal.

Andrea Magyar, publishing director, business and lifestyle, at Penguin Canada, has acquired Canadian English-language rights to Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen by Mary-Ann Kirkby, author of the self-published memoir I Am Hutterite. The book uncovers the inner workings of North American Hutterite life through the community’s kitchens, and features traditional recipes, the stories of Hutterite women, and original photography. Publication is set for spring 2014. Rick Broadhead of Rick Broadhead and Associates arranged the deal.

Magyar at Penguin Canada has also acquired three new recipe books: world English-language rights to The Thrive Cookbook, a vegan recipe collection by Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, in a deal arranged by Robert Mackwood of Seventh Avenue Literary Agency; world English-language rights to Super Ancient Grains Every Day by Quinoa 365 authors Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming; and Canadian English-language rights to Joyous Health: Eat Well, Live Well, and Be Well in 6 Inspired Weeks by blogger and holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, in a deal arranged by Rick Broadhead of Rick Broadhead and Associates. All three titles are slated to publish in spring 2014.

Michael Burch, president of Whitecap Books, has acquired A Pastry Queen Goes Green by Lorene Sauro, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef and holistic nutritionist. The book includes recipes for pastries, pies, cakes, breads, and cookies for families transitioning from baking with white sugar and white flour to using whole food ingredients. Publication is scheduled for spring 2013. Carly Watters at P.S. Literary Agency arranged the deal.

Dancing Cat Books publisher Barry Jowett has acquired Canadian rights to Urgle by debut author Meaghan McIsaac. The middle-grade fantasy novel features an unlikely hero who leads a band of boys into an unknown world where they’ll face off against their fearsome mothers. Ali McDonald at The Rights Factory negotiated the deal.

Foreign front:

Swedish rights to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, the first book in Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mystery series, have been sold to Lind & Co by Denise Bukowski of The Bukowski Agency.

Indian English-language rights to Anosh Irani’s novel The Cripple and His Talismans (Raincoast Books, 2004) have been sold to HarperCollins India by Denise Bukowski of The Bukowski Agency.

Reel deals:

Film rights to Sarah Leavitt’s graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother and Me (Freehand Books, 2010) have been sold to Annabel Jankel at Taking a Line for a Walk. The deal was arranged by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.

Film rights to The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin (Vintage Canada, 2005) have been sold to Mehernaz Lentin of Industry Pictures and Lisa Ray of Breaking Through Creations, with Ray set to star in the movie as Noor. Haywood at TLA arranged the deal.

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